Henkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Henkin family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Henkin family

The surname Henkin was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Henkin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henkin research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1761 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Henkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henkin Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Henkin include Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Henkin family (pre 1700)

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Henkin migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Henkin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Henkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thedore Henkin, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1890 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Henkin (post 1700)

  • Niki Henkin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 [2]
  • C. W. Henkin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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